It started with the fatal shooting of a police officer and ended almost 12 hours later with the death of a suspect in Washington state. Authorities say a 45-year-old officer was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call in Tacoma around 4pm Wednesday. He was taken to a hospital for surgery, but later died, reports KING5. Meanwhile, officers surrounded the home where the suspect was holed up with weapons and several people, including an 11-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl he was using as a shield, police tell KIRO. One child was still with the suspect when a SWAT officer fired a single shot through a window that killed the man around 3:30am Thursday, police say. All others in the home were found safe.
A landlord who allowed a couple and their two children to live at the residence says she was there when the officer was shot but was able to escape. "I do not want to hear anything about the police officers being inhumane and shooting people [unnecessarily] or any of those things," she tells the News Tribune. "The Tacoma Police Department handled this matter with such professionalism despite their own being shot." She adds she previously had no concerns about the couple. "I'm caught off guard just like everybody else." Police haven't released the name of the officer killed but say he was a 17-year veteran. In a statement late Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said "all of Washington grieves with Tacoma, which tonight lost one of their finest." (Read more police shooting stories.)